The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why didn't Socrates obtain a higher education?

2. What were Socrates and Euthyphro attempting to use as a measure to determine the morality of Euthyphro's decision?

3. What does the term "epistemology" mean, in philosophy?

4. According to Tarrant, this version of the Socratic dialogues is unique in what way?

5. Which two values are often found together in Socratic philosophy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the outcome of Socrates' trial?

2. How did Socrates respond to people who commented on his great wisdom?

3. What happened with Socrates' friend at the Oracle of Delphi?

4. What is Socrates' objection to Euthyphro's decision, and how does Euthyphro respond to that objection?

5. What evidence does Euthyphro use to support his decision?

6. Who are some of the authors, mentioned in Book 3, Chapter 1, who wrote about Socrates?

7. Who are Apollo and Artemis?

8. Why is Euthyphro at the courthouse when Socrates is there?

9. Why was the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi created?

10. What is included in the introductory material which prefaces the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of the soul is a subject of much debate in "The Last Days of Socrates." Compare and contrast the various theories of the soul. What is it? What does it do? Is it eternal, or does it slip into oblivion after death? What is the evidence presented for each theory? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Socrates makes a distinction between necessary and sufficient causes. What are necessary causes? What are sufficient causes? What separates them from one another? What are the necessary and sufficient causes relating to Socrates' execution? Are there other examples of necessary and sufficient causes in the dialogues? If so, what are they? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

When accused of blasphemy, Socrates insists that he was questioning the interpretation of the answer given to Chearephon by the Oracle of Delphi. What question did Chearephon ask? What answer was given to him by the Oracle? Why did Socrates find this response so difficult to believe? Do you think he was being truthful with his story about thinking the interpretation was incorrect? Why or why not? If not, what was his real reason for questioning the gods? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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